This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 755504).


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Kyonghee Lee, MA



  • PhD Candidate, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (Intellectual History)


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About Kyonghee Lee

Kyonghee Lee is a member of the Research Group “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China and Mongolia, 1905–2005,” sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC) at the University of Heidelberg. She has a previous academic background in philosophy and sinology and work experience in publishing and knowledge management. Her MA thesis was an intellectual history of the concept of the Kingly Way in East Asia, with a focus on its transformation in the nineteenth and twentieth century, when the emergence of a world culture saw a reorganization and a repositioning of the concept as a part of the new international language of political thought. With her reading and speaking knowledge of the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese languages, she is currently working on her doctoral project on conservative-reformist visions of rural self-governance in East Asia of the interwar period. As a project examining various strands of agrarian narratives of Interwar-period East Asia, it is an investigation, first, of the ways in which conservative thinkers of the early 20th century rethought the past, the present, and the future of rural communities for an agrarian prescription for a better future. Secondly, the project also throws light on how these ideas travelled globally and across the East Asian region beyond national borders and shows that such global and transnational movements were not merely a feature but a formative component of those ideas.

Curriculum Vitae


  • MA in Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University (2016)
  • BA in Philosophy, Ewha Womans University (2004)

Recent Employment History

  • Associate member of the Graduate Program in Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg, 10.2016–present

  • Member of the HERA-network project “East Asian Uses of the European Past: Tracing Braided Chronotypes” (EAU-TBC), 9.2016–11.2019

  • Student Assistant, Cluster of Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, 10.2014–8.2016

  • Student Assistant, Knowledge Management, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, 10.2014–5.2016



Oral presentations

  • "Tracing the Village-Compact of Old onto Self-Governance: Uses of the Past by Interwar-Period Rural Reconstructionists of the Cunzhi Group" in Modernizing Rural China workshop in Freiburg, 27–29.9.2019
  • “Volition for Tradition: Europe in East Asian Traditionalist Agrarian Thought” in ADI Conference 2019 in Copenhagen, 19.6.2019
  • “Autonomy and Governance: Village-Compact (hyang’yak) and Self-Governance Narratives in Colonial Korea” in Eurasian Parliamentary Practices and Political Mythologies: Imperial Legacies, Diversities, and Representations in the 20th and 21st Century workshop in Heidelberg, 17.6.2019
  • “Co-Producing Time in Asia and Europe” (roundtable) in Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference 2019 in Denver, 23.3.2019
  • “Denmark for Early Twentieth-century East Asian Reform Thinkers” in Articulating the Distant workshop in Heidelberg, 6.7.2018
  • “Between the Danish countryside and East Asian intellectuals: Denmark as the inspiration for the rural problem for reform thinkers in the 1920s-1930s” in Eurasian Connections workshop in Heidelberg, 25.5.2018

Poster presentation

  • HERA Uses of the Past and Public Spaces Conference in Gdansk, 11–12.9.2019

Summer school

  • The 7th London Summer School in Intellectual History in London, 4–7.9.2018

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